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DeGarmo's Diary: Day 4 in Japan

By Ellie DeGarmo, 11/12/18, 5:45AM EST

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The Last Day in Japan before Returning Home!

DeGarmo's Diary: Day 4

With only one morning left, we were up and ready to go by 8am. The group split up, with about a dozen going to Tokyo Disneyland and a handful heading into Tokyo to explore. 

I was in the latter group and our first stop was Anata No Warehouse, a four floor arcade. Right away, we were intrigued by (and took many pictures of) the complex’s automatic, industrial looking doors. We practically had the whole place to ourselves — after all, it was 9am on a Sunday! The second floor was filled with classic arcade games where we played four player Pac-Man and Dance Dance Revolution. On the third floor, the casino, we (shamelessly) found tokens on the ground under the machines, and tried our luck at the “medal game.” We ended on the fourth floor, where we played ping pong. We weren’t keeping track of wins and losses, but I don’t remember losing once :)!

Next stop: the Mori Art Museum. Located on the 52nd and 53rd floors, we had our second opportunity of the trip to see 360 degree views of the city. This time the sky deck was open air and I have to say that this was better than the views from Tokyo Tower. 

We walked through the main exhibit, “Catastrophe and the Power of Art,” featuring different artistic expressions of disasters, both natural and man-made. Our favorite piece, “Add Color Painting (Refugee Boat),” was created by Yoko Ono. We put sleeves over our shoes and were given blue and white crayons. We were actually able to enter the piece, a room with (what used to be) white walls and a row boat in the center. Visitors were encouraged to write their wishes for peace as they relate to the recent refugee crisis. 

At 1pm we met up with the Disneyland group at Tsukiji Sushi-ichiban for our final meal before heading to the airport. We were originally going to go to the fish market at 4:30am this morning, but it’s closed on weekends. Instead we opted for a restaurant that gets its food from the fish market, and it definitely did not disappoint! I got an assortment of sushi and even tried octopus, after which I was dubbed the “most adventurous eater on the trip.” It was quite chewy and very tasty! 

Thank you so much, Cross Crosse, for an unforgettable experience and the trip of a lifetime! Until next time!